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DHS and ICE rescind new visa rules for international students taking online classes

(07/14/20 7:55pm)

Faced with considerable resistance from colleges and universities across the nation, including Duke, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have agreed to reverse a policy that international students studying under F-1 educational visas cannot return to or remain in the United States if they take only online classes.

What the new ICE policy really means for international students

(07/10/20 8:00pm)

I’m an international student at Duke University. I grew up in the Dominican Republic but unlike my international friends, I have the privilege—that’s been highlighted this week—of having an American passport. When I got to Duke, I started to build my own world where I belonged. This wasn't, and still is not, always easy. 

Duke must protect international students from ICE

(07/10/20 8:00pm)

This past Monday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced changes to their Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP). These changes forbid students with F-1 and M-1 visas from remaining in the United States while attending universities that have converted to entirely online classes to curb the spread of COVID-19. Thus, students in programs that have transitioned to online are forced either to depart the country or transfer to a school with an in-person program. ICE’s new policy extends the State Department’s decision to not issue visas to current and new students enrolled in schools conducting all classes online this fall. As an increasing number of countries and the European Union implement restrictions on travel in response to COVID-19 and prohibit travel from the United States, these rules put international students in an impossible position: travel during a pandemic, stay and risk deportation, or expose themselves to a deadly virus in the classroom.

The enduring relevance of 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'

(07/10/20 9:29pm)

When “Avatar: The Last Airbender” first aired on Nickelodeon in 2005, George W. Bush had just begun his second term in office, Mario’s “Let Me Love You” was the most popular song on the Billboard Hot 100 and YouTube was less than a week into sharing videos to the world. Fifteen years later, all sixty-one episodes of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” dropped on Netflix June 15, and the show is now more popular than ever. 

New ICE policy “particularly insidious and cruel,” say international students, forced to choose between visas and health

(07/11/20 3:02am)

International students, already dealing with travel restrictions and an unusual upcoming semester amid a pandemic, now face the prospect of losing their visa status and ability to stay in the country if they don’t take in-person classes.